The Common Goal of Prague and the Czech Republic is to Build an Artificial Intelligence Centre

Prague, together with the Czech Republic, have the ambition and great potential to become a leader in the field of artificial intelligence. The common goal is intensively pursued by the representatives of the capital and the government. On Tuesday, 3 December, the Capital City of Prague held a discussion at the Prague House in Brussels on the role of cities and regions in the European ecosystem of artificial intelligence. The co-organisers were the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU. The Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, Vice-President of the European Commission, Věra Jourová, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Karel Havlíček, attended the debate. One of the key objectives is to build a European Centre of Excellence and attract world scientists to Prague.

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Prague, together with the Czech Republic, have the ambition and great potential to become a leader in the field of artificial intelligence. The common goal is intensively pursued by the representatives of the capital and the government. On Tuesday, 3 December, the Capital City of Prague held a discussion at the Prague House in Brussels on the role of cities and regions in the European ecosystem of artificial intelligence. The co-organisers were the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU. The Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, Vice-President of the European Commission, Věra Jourová, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, Karel Havlíček, attended the debate. One of the key objectives is to build a European Centre of Excellence and attract world scientists to Prague.

Artificial intelligence is one of the main priorities of the European Commission for the Programming Period 2021-2027 and the Czech Republic, as well as Prague, considers it important to be involved in all the fundamental steps related to the development of artificial intelligence. The panel discussion “European AI Ecosystem and the Role of Cities and Regions” took place only a few days after the establishment of the new European Commission for the period 2019-2024.

“Europe is waiting for a technological transformation, but it must be fair and leave no one behind. Technology must serve people and not vice versa. This is the European way of developing artificial intelligence, which will allow us to have more time to do what makes us human: to have more empathy and more room for creativity. I am proud that the Czech Republic has seized the opportunity to become an active player in this area and that Prague is becoming an international hub, which will cooperate with other top centres in Europe,” observed Vice-President of the European Commission, Věra Jourová.

According to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade, Karel Havlíček, artificial intelligence is an area of great potential: “As we have great scientists and researchers, we need to take the chance and show what is in us in time. At the government level, we are intensively engaged in this area, inspired in Israel, where they invest very successfully in applied research and technology development. We also provide historically the most money to research and development, we negotiate and cooperate with top workplaces at home and around the world, inform on events, etc. In accordance with the national theme “Artificial Intelligence for a Safe Society”, we pursue three main objectives that the Czech Republic has in the field of artificial intelligence: to ensure a safe society, to simplify people’s lives and to obtain the European Centre of Excellence. We follow the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy in the spirit of the Czech Republic’s economic vision and brand: The Country for the Future.”   

In addition to developing new technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to greatly influence all socio-economic relationships. Europe should therefore expand its existing research capacities through networks of European centres of excellence. In the near future, the European Commission will therefore be making a fundamental decision where the centres of excellence in artificial intelligence will be established. Prague can thus appear on the European and world map of AI, thereby continuing the activities that have already been established in Prague and the Czech Republic.

In May 2019, the Prague City Hall, the Czech Academy of Sciences, the Czech Technical University and the Charles University jointly founded the prg.ai association, which is to turn Prague into a centre of artificial intelligence and attract world scientists to the Czech Republic, to expand the base of Czech AI talents and also help to establish new technology companies and start-ups linked to artificial intelligence. Among other things, new solutions can be used to more efficiently plan bypasses to repair streets or reduce waiting times at traffic lights,said Mayor of the Capital City of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib.

“Artificial intelligence is a future in which it pays to invest a lot of financial and non-financial resources. Therefore, Prague must continue to work on building a brand of a city that is attractive for life and work in the AI ecosystem,” summarised Jan Klesla, National Coordinator for Artificial Intelligence Centres, who moderated the discussion. The Czech Technical University Rector, Vojtěch Petráček, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Petr Očko, Panteleïmon Panagiotou of the Bavarian Research Alliance, Maxime Brivois from the start-up ALEEGO and Clemens Wasner of EnliteAI from Vienna were also present.

Source: MPO

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